(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 31 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 320 km East of Itbayat, Batanes (21.2°N, 124.9°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving North Northwestward slowly. Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 meters).

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

340 cops to safeguard Balangay Festival

BUTUAN CITY --  PBGen. Pablo G. Labra II, Police Regional Office (PRO)13 director disclosed that 340 cops will be deployed to secure the Balangay Festival in Butuan City.

Personnel from Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) and graduates of the Basic Internal Security Operations Course shall ensure area and route security, and provide police presence and assistance in major thoroughfares, vital installations, business establishments, and economic key points.

PRO13 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Office will also conduct paneling and inspection of all major places of events.

PNP Caraga has also tapped force multipliers, other law enforcement agencies Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams, and advocacy support groups to secure the Mutya Hong Butuan, Balangay Float Parade, and other related activities.

The month-long festivities are expected to draw an influx of people from different places including local and foreign tourists, VIPs, and other visitors.

PCol. Marco B. Archinue, Butuan City Police Office (bCPO) director, served as the overall supervisor and commander of the security plan. 

“We assure the people that we are ready to secure revelers who shall enjoy the festival in full throttle. The success of this occasion lies in the strong coordination of the PNP, local government unit, other government and law enforcement agencies, community, and all stakeholders. Let us join forces for the same noble cause," the regional director added.  (PMaj. Jennifer S. Ometer, PIO, PRO 13/PIA Caraga)